Every reader his book – every book its reader? Notions on audience development for literature in Danish public libraries

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Every reader his book – every book its reader? Notions on audience development for literature in Danish public libraries. / Kann-Christensen, Nanna; Balling, Gitte.

In: Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 2014, p. 1-12.

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Harvard

Kann-Christensen, N & Balling, G 2014, 'Every reader his book – every book its reader? Notions on audience development for literature in Danish public libraries', Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, pp. 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1177/0961000614532486

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Kann-Christensen, N., & Balling, G. (2014). Every reader his book – every book its reader? Notions on audience development for literature in Danish public libraries. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1177/0961000614532486

Vancouver

Kann-Christensen N, Balling G. Every reader his book – every book its reader? Notions on audience development for literature in Danish public libraries. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science. 2014;1-12. https://doi.org/10.1177/0961000614532486

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Kann-Christensen, Nanna ; Balling, Gitte. / Every reader his book – every book its reader? Notions on audience development for literature in Danish public libraries. In: Journal of Librarianship and Information Science. 2014 ; pp. 1-12.

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